Resources For Lent – The Latest for 2023

by Christine Sine

With Lent fast approaching, I realize that it is time to update my resource lists. This is one of several posts on resources for the season that you might find helpful. You can check them all out here. Enjoy.

My Favourite Resources: Old and New

Here is a sampling of ideas from around the world some new, some from previous years, that I find myself revisiting each year.

A good place to start is with this mini Lenten retreat:

And, of course, Godspace has several free downloads:

And check out the other resource lists, videos and prayers accessed through our church calendar resource page.

Lent at Home Resources for 2023:

More resource lists can be found on these websites below:

Looking for A Little Fun During Lent?

  • Lent Madness: This looks like fun, 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.
  • The Walk to Jerusalem is a fun way to increase physical activity during Lent!
  • Chalice Press has their 2018 Lenten materials including this helpful Lenten Colouring Book.
  • Another great resource is this: Twenty Reflective Movies for Lent.

Litanies for Lent

I love this series of litanies for Lent and Easter by Fran Pratt:

Liturgical writers we love

Black liturgies on Instagram and Facebook
Disrupt worship project
John Van De Laar – Sacredise

Need Some Daily or Weekly Reflections?

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have some good study courses available for Lent: Their 2022 theme is: Following Christ in the Footsteps of the Saints – Guided by the story of St Winefride/GwenffrewiOlder studies include:  Parables and Possessions a six-session study resource based on 2012 the Church of Scotland report of A right relationship with money.; Walking and Praying with Christians of the Middle East and the 2016 addition PilgrimageIn 2017, they have added Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with other Faiths and for 2018 their emphasis is on Hope. I love the theme for 2019, The Mystery of God, encouraging us to look more deeply into the wonder and mystery of God. For 2020, they asked “What biblical text sets your heart on fire?” in Opening the Scriptures course.

Looking for A Devotional?

Want to Focus on Simplicity and Sustainability?

  • From Simple Living Works: Let’s Get Ready for a Simpler Lent and Easter.
  • Eco-Palms: The University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is working together with the Rainforest Alliance TREES program and Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to Christian congregations in the United States and Europe.
  • The Oil Lamp has shared several helpful links to sites that suggest ways to incorporate a carbon fast into your Lenten practices. They also have some good basic suggestions for a carbon fast here.
  • I particularly enjoyed this link recommended by Archbishop Thabo Magkoba, of the Anglican Environmental Network in South Africa: A Carbon Fast for Lent from 2016. An updated version from 2020 comes from the St. Dennis Parish.
  • Earth Ministry’s LeAnne Beres wrote this helpful article about taking a Carbon fast which includes links to other great resources.

Need Resources for Church Worship or Lenten Studies?

Please check out our complete list of Godspace resources for Lent through Holy Week including our free downloads. 

Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list so if you know of other resources that you think should be added, please leave a comment here.

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